I’m coming at you today from one of my favorite coffee shops where I’m enjoying a double cappuccino from a real cup and a slice of banana bread–a pretty great way to spend an afternoon without kids! My little munchkins are in good hands at GramGram and Gramps’ house and I’m thoroughly enjoying my solo afternoon.
The kids and I were sick earlier in the week, so I took a couple of days off from teaching Pilates. I was feeling well enough to get in some exercise during nap time, though.
Here’s what the week looked like:
Tuesday: Cardio + Strength — 5 rounds Tabata, including one round upper body strength
Wednesday: Strength/Flexibility — Pilates
Thursday: Strength/Flexibility — Pilates
Friday: Strength/Flexibility + Cardio — Pilates + 20 min intervals Hybrid Stationary Bike
Sunday: Strength — BodyPump
I was planning on doing big cardio on Saturday, but when a friend suggested going to check out tide pools with the kids, that sounded better. Two rest days is nice to have anyway.
What I really want to tell you about is the hybrid stationary bike I tried for my cardio at the gym on Friday. I find regular stationary bikes uncomfortable, so I’d been intrigued by the odd looking bike that had a full seat, but wasn’t a recumbent.
When I first sat down, I thought I felt way too comfortable to get in a good workout. Twenty sweaty minutes later and that machine proved me wrong. I was comfortable the whole time while getting in a good, sweaty interval workout, as proved by the pools of sweat on the armrests under my elbows (TMI?).
I also enjoyed that I wasn’t bouncing around on it like every other type of cardio machine, making it easy to watch TV and read on my phone. Usually the latter activity is an indication of a lazy workout because how can you check your phone and run at the same time? You can’t without slowing it down.
I’m glad I finally tried out the hybrid stationary bike after seeing it there for so long. It can be scary to try an unfamiliar machine, but now I’m happy to have a new activity to add to my rotation.
Have you seen or tried a hybrid stationary bike?